Saturday, May 03, 2008

Early reports from Guam

Voting just ended in Guam, CNN.Com reports. They are electing 4 delegates (actually eight delegates, each with a half-vote), and there are 5 super delegates, two of whom are committed one each to Clinton and Obama:
HAGATNA, Guam (CNN) – They can’t vote for president in November, but today, their votes to help choose the Democratic nominee for president will make a difference. So residents in the tiny U.S. territory of Guam, with its population of nearly 175,000, continue to line up in a steady stream to cast ballots for either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.


At stake are Guam’s four delegate votes at the national convention in Denver in August. Island voters today are electing eight delegates, who will each have a half vote at the convention. Two of Guam’s five superdelegates have already pledged one vote each to Clinton and Obama. The other three superdelegates, including congressional delegate Madeleine Bordallo, remain undeclared.

Vying for Guam’s delegate and superdelegate votes in their tight race for the nomination, the two remaining Democratic presidential hopefuls have inundated the island with radio and TV advertisements, each promising long-awaited political gains: the ability for Guamanians to be able to vote for president, lifting the territory’s cap on Medicaid, and perhaps the most coveted prize of all, war reparations in the form of over $120 million. A war reparations bill, sponsored by Bordallo, would issue payments to the survivors of Japan’s control of the island during World War II and would create educational and research programs about the occupation. The legislation is currently stalled in the U.S. Senate.

The polls closed on Guam at 8 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET). Hand tabulation of the ballots is expected to take approximately three hours. In the island’s 2006 gubernatorial election, 55,311 people were registered to vote. The Democratic candidate received nearly 19,000 votes, and although voter turnout today is steady, election officials say it is not expected to be unusually high.


Anonymous said...

is candidate (last sentence) supposed to be candidates?

CT Bob said...

No; the story is referring to a recent gubernatorial election, where a Democrat ran against someone from another party, possible a Republican. They say the Democratic candidate received the 19,000 votes.

You probably realized that about five seconds after you hit "Publish"! LOL!

Bob Symmes said...

BTW - Guamanians vote for President - the article was incorrect.

Their votes are tabulated for the Electoral College under the appelation "Americans Abroad"

CT Bob said...

Really? Every single news story I've seen about Guam says they can vote in the caucus, but not in November for president.

I'll have to look into exactly how they handle "Americans Abroad". I thought they were referring to citizens from voting states that live abroad, but retain their US address/home state. I guess maybe that's what absentee ballots are for, so I don't know for sure.